Community Acupuncture Albuquerque

Supporting our community through affordable acupuncture

2509 Vermont St NE, Suite A2 - Albuquerque, NM 87110 – 505 266 2606 – CommAcupAbq@gmail.com

Staff at Community Acupuncture Albuquerque

Dr. Steven Malins, DOM

Steven Malins graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2012 and became nationally certified in Oriental Medicine and licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in NM. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and while there, he trained as an EMT-B and became certified as a wilderness first responder. Through studying biology, he gained an appreciation for how organisms function best when part of a healthy environment and ecosystem. His keen interest in Chinese philosophy as well as ecology helped steer him towards a career in Oriental Medicine and acupuncture.

After graduating from UNM he went on to study acupuncture and Asain medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC). While there, he was one of the founding members of the Student Suport Committee. This committee helped raise funds to add a new computer for students in the campus library. In his last year at SWAC he was the secretary for the newly formed library committee.

In 2016 Steven represented New Mexico acupuncturists at the first annual meeting of the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). The ASA represents all acupuncturists on a national level. It also supports local profesional associations that provide resources for individual acupuncturists.

Steven is currently president of the New Mexico Society of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine, which is dedicated to increasing access to acupuncture services to as many people in New Mexico as possible. He is also a supervisor for Certified Acupuncture Detox Specialists in New Mexico and volunteers acudetox treatments at MATS in Albuquerque. When not providing acupuncture to the community, he spends time at home with his two children, ages 12 and 7, and his wife Meg.

Dr. Nityamo Lian, DOM, MPH

Nityamo Sinclair Lian graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe in 1999. She received her Masters of Public Health in 2007 from the University of New Mexico. She has worked in health care for at least thirty years - first as a dental assistant, then as a shiatsu/acupressure practitioner, massage therapist and physical therapy assistant before becoming a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico.

After graduation, she joined the University of New Mexico's Department of Psychiatry and Department of Internal Medicine designing and implementing acupuncture research studies looking at acupuncture treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and at anxiety in women with breast cancer. Since 2001, she worked and volunteered extensively in public health acupuncture, specifically working with acupuncture for addictions using and teaching a simple ear acupuncture protocol.

In 2008, Nityamo co-founded Public Health Acupuncture of New Mexico (PHANM), a non-profit organization that helps make acupuncture more accessible in New Mexico. In 2009. She set up Community Acupuncture at Highlands clinic which has since become Community Acupuncture Albuquerque - our current clinic which gives more than 5000 treatments per year. The non-profit coordinates ear acupuncture for addictions treatments across ten counties in NM and last year over 7000 treatments were given. Nityamo is a member of the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture; Society for Acupuncture Research; NM Public Health Association; and the American Public Health Association.

Sophia Nuanez

Sophia is our super work-study who has been with us since high-school. Her interests range from flamenco dancing to painting to playing Dungeons and Dragons. She very much enjoys helping others feel better and is happy to work for a clinic that relieves people's pain. She thinks the clinic's healing environment and staff are a joy to be around. We think she is too!

Patrice Faust, NTS LMT CA Reception

Patrice has been committed to holistic and natural approaches to healthcare for more than 25 years. She is a 1995 graduate of NMSNT(NM School of Natural Therapeutics), and has worked as a Massage Therapist and as a Chiropractic Assistant for more than 21 years. She recognizes that acupuncture is a safe and positive addition to healthcare. She feels lucky to be a part of Community Acupuncture Albuquerque.

Patrice has many interests which include: origami, sewing, bellydancing, foreign and classic films. Patrice moved to Albuquerque in 1983 and loves New Mexico. She shares her home with husband Greg and cat, JackJack.